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I want to say: "Michael annoyedly turned to face his brother."

I haven't found any solid evidence that the word "annoyedly" is an actual word, but I like the way it sounds for some reason. How wrong is it if I choose to use this word in writing I'd ideally like to have others read?

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It is not wrong; adverbs can indeed be made from past participles. However, at least to my ear, it sounds awkward. I recommend recasting the sentence as Annoyed, Michael turned to face his brother. – Anonym Mar 17 '14 at 3:00
What methods have you used to figure it out? Dictionary searches, NGRAM, etc? – David M Mar 17 '14 at 3:45
What’s a word, and what is the actual question? – tchrist Mar 17 '14 at 16:58
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It largely depends upon what you mean by "actual word".

Annoyedly plots on an NGRAM which means it's been used in books.

It does not come up in a search of most dictionaries. It's not in my copy of the OED. The Free Dictionary redirects to annoy. Vocabulary.com provides several examples of usage.

So, yes it's a word. But, I don't know that it is a word that you would say has an accepted following.

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To be honest, I had never heard of an NGRAM until now. It's very useful, thanks! – nati22 Mar 17 '14 at 10:01

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